Which driver takes which seat?

Halfway by means of Formula 1, with eleven races remaining within the premier class, this has additionally been mirrored within the driver market. Rumors proceed to develop and there’s little time left for groups to fill their cabins for 2023. Motorsport-Magazin.com took a more in-depth take a look at the driver market: who might be in which automotive subsequent yr, which face ought to we are saying goodbye to and what new drivers will we welcome to the premier class in 2023?

Formula 1 2023 preview: All drivers and groups

group driver driver
pink bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton George Russell
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz
McLaren Lando Norris Daniel Ricardo
Alpine Esteban Ocon
Alpha Tauri Pierre Gasly
Aston Martin Lance Stroll?!**
Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas
Haas Kevin Magussen

** = No contract, however because the son of the group proprietor, it is only a matter of kind

Formula 1 switch replace! Who will drive the place in 2023?: (11:31 min.)

Formula 1 2023 driver market: no dialogue with prime groups

Ferrari : Italy’s conventional group made details originally of the season. Ferrari mustn’t fear about Charles Leclerc, who has joined the group till 2024, and Carlos Sainz’s contract needs to be the identical: on the finish of April, the Italians introduced the extension of the Spaniard’s contract till 2024. Until then, the door that was firmly closed to different drivers is open to all.

pink bull Red Bull have additionally taken the wind out of their sails relating to their driver duo this season. World champion Max Verstappen was prolonged till 2028 earlier than the beginning of the season and Mexico’s Sergio Perez additionally acquired a brand new contract till 2024 on the finish of May.

Mercedes : Mercedes has already dedicated its driver duo to them for a long run earlier than the beginning of the season. Newcomer George Russell signed a “long-term contract” in 2022, whereas Lewis Hamilton signed a two-year deal in 2021 till 2023.

Formula 1 2023: midfield cabins nonetheless unknown

Alpine : Last yr, the French donated one in all their cabins to Esteban Ocon on a long-term foundation. In the second seat, it seemed like a “struggle” between the previous grasp Fernando Alonso and the younger Oscar Piastri. Alpine desires to get its teenager into Formula 1 as quickly as attainable. Team supervisor Otmar Schaffnauer is assured that Piastri might be within the top notch in 2023.

Alonso is on pole within the second cab, however nothing official but. “Next yr or the following two years I need to proceed and proceed as a result of I really feel good now,” Fernando Alonso advised Sky, however admitted: “We have not spoken formally but.” (Piastre Special: Order Motorsport Magazine now)

McLaren : In reality, the whole lot needs to be clear with Woking’s conventional group. Before the season, the group saved Lando Norris till 2025, and Daniel Ricciardo was nonetheless below contract till 2023. Ricciardo is below specific scrutiny attributable to his persistently poor performances. Although the group continues to be behind the Australian, McLaren’s path is stronger for Ricciardo. McLaren are additionally rumored to be searching for a alternative. Possible successors could possibly be IndyCar drivers Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward, each of whom have examined in F1 for the group. Alex Palu, who just lately switched to McLaren and was final yr’s IndyCar champion, would even be an possibility. Oscar Piastri, Sebastian Vettel and Alex Albon are additionally traded inside Formula 1.

Ricciardo himself desires to remain and believes that he can flip issues round once more: “I’m related with McLaren till the tip of subsequent yr and I cannot depart the game. I do know it has not at all times been simple, however who desires simple. “I’m working with the group to make enhancements and get the automotive again to the place it belongs. . I would like it greater than ever.” An early termination of the contract after the tip of the season is unlikely and has by no means been formally talked about. (More on Ricciardo’s travails in our McLaren Special: Order the brand new challenge of Motorsport now)

Alpha Tauri : The cockpit challenge with sister group Red Bull for 2023 appears to have been clarified. At the tip of July, Pierre Gasly secured his place within the AlfaTauri for 2023. Yuki Tsunoda, then again, shouldn’t be official but and his contract expires on the finish of this season. “If he is not as confused as he’s now, I feel he has a very good probability of staying with us. It’s as much as him. If he performs nicely, he’ll keep, if he does not, he’ll be out.” , – mentioned Franz Tost. on the Austrian GP. In principle, quite a lot of Red Bull kids, together with Ayumu Iwasa, Jehan Daruwala, Dennis Hauger and Liam Lawson, are eager to step as much as the premier class in Formula 2. A promotion for 2023 doesn’t appear to be within the room but, however there are at all times loads of rumors a couple of future deal in Formula 1, particularly with Liam Lawson.

Aston Martin : If Aston Martin had its means, there can be no debate concerning the driver pairings for 2023. Lance Stroll does not have a contract but, however since he is the son of the group proprietor, it is only a matter of kind. They additionally need to proceed with the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. “For us, extending Sebastian’s contract is Plan A. If he desires to do it, he will even drive an Aston Martin in 2023,” mentioned group principal Mike Krak. The downside: It shouldn’t be but clear whether or not Vettel will help this opinion. The automotive is unquestionably lower than par. He has usually mentioned that he solely desires to drive when he has a aggressive automotive.

So I feel so much will rely upon how the automotive develops all through the season. However, regardless of the Briton’s clear dedication to Vettel, it’ll even be clear that his ultimate determination can’t wait till the tip of the season. Another downside is the dearth of options. Oscar Piastri can be, nevertheless it appears the Australian has one other group to signal him for. Aston Martin’s backup driver, Nico Hulkenberg, will function Plan B. He nonetheless has the extent and is aware of the group. However, the primary contender for the cockpit is Sebastian Vettel.

Haas : The Americans handed over Kevin Magnussen for the lengthy haul after Nikita Mazepin was despatched off, whereas Mick Schumacher’s contract expires on the finish of the season. A couple of race weekends in, the younger German was below loads of stress after a number of crashes. Meanwhile, Schumacher has pulled his neck out of the ropes thanks to 3 sturdy weekends. In addition, Schumacher has the help of Haas engine accomplice Ferrari as a junior driver. However, nothing has been confirmed but.

Williams : Williams might endure a change within the new season. Alex Albon and Nicolas Latifi have just one contract left for the present season. Albon is having a powerful season, even scoring factors and is nicely forward of his teammate. There are at the moment no rumors of a possible successor to switch him, and his efficiency will certainly justify a contract extension. In addition, Red Bull can also be very serious about protecting Albon within the top notch.

Things are much less rosy for Latifi. His present season is marked by setbacks, crashes and an enormous hole to Albon. Rumors that he could also be changed within the present season have been circulating repeatedly. Although group principal Jost Capito blocked it, it appears very doubtless that the Canadian will vacate his place after this season. Oscar Piastri has been marketed as his successor for weeks. Also as a result of his sponsors within the Alps need to be part of him in Formula 1.

Alfa Romeo : Alfa Romeo has tied Valtteri Bottas to the 2022 season for a number of years, leaving solely Guanyu Zhou. Although his contract expires on the finish of the season, he has an possibility for an additional yr. If you take a look at the naked details, then the choice shouldn’t be troublesome: Zhou brings cash to the group and delivers. There is Theo Pourchar, who has a excessive regard for group supervisor Frederic Wasser. However, he’s solely 18 years previous and might nonetheless drive in Formula 2.

At the second, there aren’t any rumors about the way forward for Zhou and Pourchair, so plainly the Chinese might be given one other yr of contract to optimally put together Pourchair for the primary class of Formula 2. However, that is pure hypothesis – nothing official is understood.

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